This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer The Jews of Florence: From the Medici to Mussolini Daytime Program Noon Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1H0567 Location: This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series. Select your Tickets Resize text Great Synagogue of Florence or Tempio Maggiore STREAMING PROGRAM INFORMATION This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Platform: Zoom Online registration is required. If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. From the early 15th century, the story of the Jewish population of Florence has encompassed vast wealth and prestige—and almost continual trial and tribulation. Art historian and Florentine tour guide Laura Greenblatt explores the history of their presence in the city over the course of six centuries. The city’s Jews flourished in the Renaissance particularly under Medici rule, but there were continuous difficulties to face—including the creation of a Jewish quarter in the heart of the city by Cosimo de Medici in 1751, a ghetto that would separate them from Florentine Christians for nearly three centuries. The fervent anti-Semitic preaching of the Franciscan friar Bernardino da Feltre and Florence’s own Savonarola infringed on thought and the peaceful coexistence of Jews and Christians. It was not until 1861, when the Unification of Italy brought emancipation to the country’s Jews, and they, together with the general population, became Italian citizens. The acceptance did not endure. Unthinkable betrayal and deportation lay on the horizon with Mussolini and Fascism. Today, 75 years after the end of the war, the Florentine Jewish community continues to exist, but their numbers are depleted. Patron Information Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.